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International Security Advisory Board and Its Misplaced Focus

North Korea and weapons of mass destruction

North Korea and weapons of mass destruction (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

By  and Heritage Foundation, August 31, 2012

The U.S. and its allies face many grave dangers today, including the spread of ballistic missiles and nuclear know-how. The International Security Advisory Board (ISAB), designed to provide independent analysis and advisement regarding such issues for the Secretary of State, recently published a report titled “Mutual Assured Stability: Essential Components and Near Term Actions.” The report’s recommendations, however, are almost exclusively focused on improving relations with Russia and largely ignore the risks associated with a nuclear North Korea and Iran… (more) http://ow.ly/1meftz

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FPA: Syrian Refugees in Turkey

FPA: Syrian Refugees in Turkey – As the international community is struggling to find a solution to end the violence… http://ow.ly/1lKv97

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IIEA: The Stability Treaty Ratification Map

IIEA: The Stability Treaty Ratification Map – New Update – 23 July 2012 http://ow.ly/1lzJhr

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ACUS: Syria: The moral urge to intervene

Since 2002, the European Union has intervened ...

Since 2002, the European Union has intervened abroad nineteen times in three different continents. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Jorge BenitezNATOSource, July 20, 2012

From Maria Lipman, BBC:  “A villainous leader brutally killing his adversaries should be stopped.” At first sight the moral clarity of this statement cannot be called into doubt.

But on closer inspection, this sounds like an over-simplification. If “humanitarian intervention” implies use of force, then the intervening party assumes the role of god, as it were – as it decides that some people have to die. While sacrificing your own citizens’ lives – in case of a war or other emergency – is a leader’s legal prerogative, there is no such prerogative outside one’s national jurisdiction. (more) http://ow.ly/1lwJg0

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ACUS: Confrontation in the Med? EU to enforce arms embargo against Syria

Jorge Benitez, NATOSource, July 20, 2012

From Slobodan Lekic, the APEuropean Union nations will enforce an arms embargo against Syria by boarding ships and aircraft carrying suspicious cargo to the war-torn nation, an official said Friday. (more) http://ow.ly/1lvOpa

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CFR: Syria: Beyond the UN Veto

Author: Richard N. Haass, President, Council on Foreign Relations, July 19, 2012

The Russian and Chinese veto of the UN Security Council draft resolution that would have declared the situation in Syria a threat to international peace and security, extended the UN diplomatic mission headed by Kofi Annan, and set the stage for new sanctions and possibly UN-authorized military action was hardly surprising. More important, it is not all that significant. http://ow.ly/cn24m 

 

English: Mr. Kofi Annan, former General Secrat...

English: Mr. Kofi Annan, former General Secratery of the United Nations. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

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ACUS: The ‘pivot to Asia’ strategy takes a pounding

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Official photographic portrait of US President Barack Obama (born 4 August 1961; assumed office 20 January 2009) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Jorge Benitez, NATOSource, July 19, 2012

From Chris Carroll, Stars and Stripes:  The Obama administration’s “pivot to Pacific,” a strategy now rebranded with the more neutral-sounding “rebalance,” was in the crosshairs Thursday of scholars and strategists who think the United States should keep its foreign policy center of gravity firmly in Europe. (more) http://ow.ly/1luM4F

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